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Brookhaven to vote on demolishing Holtsville home

Brookhaven Town Hall is pictured in an undated

Brookhaven Town Hall is pictured in an undated photo. Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis

The Brookhaven Town board is to vote tomorrow on demolishing an unsafe Holtsville home.

The residence on Portion Road would be knocked down under Chapter 73 of Town Code, which provides a “fast track” to rid neighborhoods of unsafe structures if eventually torn down, town officials said.

A public hearing on the issue is scheduled to be held at the 5 p.m. board meeting at Town Hall in Farmingville.

Brookhaven officials also are working with the Suffolk County Department of Real Estate to knock down a dilapidated Medford home.

Town officials were alerted to the distressed county-owned house on Cedar Lane in February when a nearby homeowner reported that the home’s roof and part of the rear had collapsed in a storm, town officials said.

Brookhaven’s law department investigated and secured the house, and is now working with county officials to demolish it.

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine, in a Feb. 29 letter to Suffolk Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue) asking for assistance, called the structure a “dangerous building.”

The town also is moving toward tearing down a vacant Center Moriches house on Mickel Avenue. It has been boarded up by town authorities three times since 2012. An abandoned in-ground pool is not properly fenced in, and the house is infested with fleas and animal feces, officials said.

Residents can report a vacant house by calling 451-TOWN (8696), Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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